Judging notes from a visit to a Top 50 cafes contender.
Selected notes from a judging visit for Top 50 cafes 2018.*
Sunday lunch. No table service. Quite busy — lots of worried-looking white people clutching yoga mats. Plenty of families, little kids pushing wooden trucks around.
Communal tables and a couple of couches. Worthy wooden furniture. Outdoor seating area has commanding views of car park.
Organic, etc. Usual juices, smoothies. No caffeine! “Latte” made with “mylk”! All-day menu. Lots of salads. Bowl of wild rice, beans, greens with “cheese” sauce. Tasty, very fresh, feels generous until it seems to never end. Sweet options in cabinet include cheesecake, brownies, slices, fudge. Expensive, $9.50 for one slice. Bliss balls look like a punishment.
Middle-aged man in pink socks with limp grey ponytail greets stick-like young female staff with hugs.
Live music. Folk musician deafens whole place with cover of Neil Young song on harmonica. Then he “can’t start a fire without a spark”. Maudlin. At least two people applaud when he finally shuts up.
Air so thick with worthiness you could choke on it. May well be a vegan’s dream come true but for anyone else, a nightmare. Leave wanting to drown myself, or maybe just order a steak.
*No, this cafe didn’t make the cut. To find out which ones did, see page 54.
Folk musician deafens whole place with cover of Neil Young song on harmonica.